WASHINGTON – Nearly a year before the 2020 Election, President Trump is out of options in his search for a leader for the Department of Homeland Security President's immigration crackdown.
Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II the Acting Director of the Agency, and Mark Morgan, The acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, are both eligible for the position of Acting Homeland Security Secretary. The Wall Street Journal and Politics first reported the development.
Kevin K. McAleenan announced more than a week ago that he would leave as the fourth head of the department in Mr. Trump's nearly three years in office.
While Mr. Trump has never said that he would tap Mr. Cuccinelli or Mr. Morgan, they have long been considered contenders for the job. Homeland Security Department officials. In a matter of months, both of them went on to defend the administration's most aggressive immigration policies on television.
White House advisers are privately expressed.
The hole in the top of the sprawling Department of Homeland Security is only the latest staffing struggle at the agency, created after the Sept. 11 attacks to secure the country. The agency has left with the vacancies and marred by instability as.
The top three positions in the agency – secretary, deputy secretary and under secretary for management – are now filled by people working in an acting capacity. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services the department's handling of immigration enforcement and policy, so have not been nominated to their posts , And the White House must meet Mr. Trump.
"If what the president is looking for is someone who sounds like him, then you are not going to get good policy and implementation." should be doing, "said Cecilia Muñoz who was director of the White House Domestic Policy Council under President Barack Obama. The White House's Personnel Director, Sean Doocey provided Mr. Trump with findings from the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel on Monday that tapping Mr. Cuccinelli or Mr. Morgan would violate the Vacancies Act. It stipulates that the position of secretary must go to ranked officials in the department who have cleared Senate confirmation. Mr. Doocey David Pekoske who was confirmed as administrator of the Transportation Security Administration Department serving as acting deputy secretary or Chad Wolf assistant secretary for the agency, according to administration officials.
Christopher C. Krebs director of the department's cybersecurity agency, has been flogged as a temporary replacement for Mr. McAleenan. Both Mr. Pekoske and Mr. Krebs have expressed their opinion that they are willing to stick to their Senate-confirmed responsibilities. Some White House aides are resisting Mr. Wolf as the choice because they believe he would be too lenient on immigration policy.
While Mr. Cuccinelli and Mr. Morgan were facing a difficult road to Senate confirmation, Mr. Trump's more extreme policies have pleased him. Last week, Mr. Cuccinelli received the public endorsement of acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, who said, "Ken would be good at the job."
The Office of Legal Counsel, however, found that the next Kirstjen Nielsen the last Senate-confirmed person in the post. Mr. Trump forced out, creating the vacancy of a Senate-confirmed chief. Mr. Cuccinelli could also discord with Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority Leader, who wants to manage Mr. Trump's presidency if the House impeaches him.
Mr. Mr. McConnell's initial challenge in 2014 Mr. McConnell's initial challenge to the White House over Mr. Cuccinelli's appointment to the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. McConnell's comments were "political."
"I do not know what his views have changed, but I have done so now." referencing, "Mr. Cuccinelli said, referring to his past as an anti-McConnell activist.
Democrats have also condemned the hard-liner, who said earlier this year the poem on the Statue of Liberty "people coming from Europe."
Mr. Trump has been hauled home by a security guard for a long time. But former and current Homeland Security Department officials have said it has led to chaos.
Once Mr. Trump finds an acceptable candidate, that person will face a difficult task, he adds, "More than one million people are in the middle of the fiscal year."
It's like a baseball player, "said David Lapan former press secretary for the Department of Homeland Security. "If I'm going to be judged on my batting average, great, that's on me. The secretary can not affect the batting average. That requires an entire government. "